Prospering in America team receives the ILCA award (left to right):
Ed Cleary, New York State AFL-CIO president; Tom Hopkins, co-host; Mario
Cilento, New York State AFL-CIO communications director; Alex Blair,
PITTSBURGH, PA. – Saying Prospering in America has "lots of energy and
humor, good give-and-take between the hosts (and) a fast-paced style
that makes you want to listen," the International Labor Communications
Association presented the Buffalo-produced syndicated radio show with
their first place award for radio programs.
Prospering in America’s team accepted the award at the International
Labor Communications Association’s national conference in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania September 21, 1997.
The award for the July 27, 1996 show recognizes achievement by labor
organizations in video and audio communications and the arts. One
hundred fifteen entries were submitted among several categories in the
Prospering in America is a weekly, hour-long show that deals with issues
facing working men and women including the workplace, politics, family,
health and personal finances. It currently airs in 11 cities across New
York State, Massachusetts and New Jersey including New York City and
Boston. The show airs in Buffalo Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. on Oldies
"The show has been the voice of working people for more than four
years," said Ed Cleary, president of the New York State AFL-CIO. "We’re
proud to play a role in sending labor’s common sense message to our
members and the general public as well."
The show features news, interviews and commentaries that highlight a
variety of issues. These are intertwined with entertaining features,
including a weekly commentary by former Texas Agriculture Secretary and
talk show host Jim Hightower and Milestones – a brief look at important
individuals and events in history of working men and women.
"We’ve always known that Prospering in America is a show of
international caliber and this award demonstrates that fact," said
Joseph Faherty, retired president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.
The syndicated show, which debuted in Buffalo, New York in May of 1993,
is hosted by Alex Blair, director of Labor Studies, Cornell University
School of Industrial and Labor Relations - Western Region, and Tom
Hopkins, retired president and business manager of the International
Union of Operating Engineers, Local 17.
A number of prominent guests have appeared on Prospering in America
including: TV Nation Host Michael Moore, Actor Al "Grandpa Munster"
Lewis, NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert
Reich; the Rev. Jesse Jackson; Tim Russert, host of NBC’s Meet the
Press; John Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO; folk singer Peter Seeger;
Jay Harris, publisher, and Jeff Klein, editor-in-chief, Mother Jones
magazine; Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy; Steven Yokich, president of
the United Auto Workers; George Raveling, CBS sports commentator for
college basketball; George Becker, president of the United Steelworkers
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